Bioethics Lunch Discussion - Health Research Funding
BIONIC and Dr. Barry Belmont invite you to join us for our January Bioethics lunch and round-table discussion! This lunch will focus on Health Research Funding - how do we get the money we need to conduct our health-related research? Should tax payers have a say in what research is performed using federal money? Is it possible to put a price on curing a disease? How do we prioritize what types of research receive the most funding? Please join us for lunch and insightful discussion!

For this month's chat, we will be joined by Leena Lalwani and Joanna Thielen, engineering librarians here at UM. Leena and Joanna support departments including Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Naval Architecture and Engineering, in addition to several other areas. Their experience as academic librarians will provide great additional insight into how research is supported and managed, particularly here at UM!

This lunch is part of our event series on the Ethics of Translational Research. The 2020 January, February, and March ethics lunches will canvas three important aspects of Translational Research: 1) how is and should it be payed for, 2) how can we ethically translate research from one model to another (e.g. from mice to humans), and 3) how should medical innovations be commercialized and deployed? This series will culminate in April in our first Bioethics Hackathon, where we will synthesize translational researchers' thoughts on the ethics of Translational Research into a white paper for submission to a peer reviewed bioethics journal. You are free to attend any of the lunches leading up to the Hackathon, but if you are a BI member, and interested in being a Hackathon participant, please reach out to Bobby Graham ( or Barry Belmont ( for more details!

When: Tuesday, January 21st | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Where: NCRC Building 10, ACR1


Please RSVP by Friday, January 17th!
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